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Your Letters

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:54:21
We finish today's show on getting the message with the messages we've gotten from you. First up, an e-mail from listener Dick, who has words of praise for Sabri Ben-Achour's story on deer and their impact on the environment.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:54:33
He writes, "I was thrilled to hear Sabri Ben-Achour's story about the deer enclosures at the Smithsonian. Thanks for bringing the listener to the site to hear the voices of the scientists explaining vitally important concept of species diversity and its importance to our future. As a professional ecologist, I applaud you."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:54:51
Jean in Manassas, Va. has a response to David Schultz's story about quiet pavement. and in case you missed that one, it's about a new quieter type of asphalt the Virginia Department of Transportation is trying out on the Prince William Parkway.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:04
Anyhow, Jean writes, "I drive over a section of the pavement on the 234 bypass every day on my way to and from work. I could never figure out why it got so much louder suddenly at a specific spot. The sound from inside the car is markedly different when you cross from one type of pavement to the other."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:20
"If it works as well outside the car as it does within it, this makes a huge difference in the noise pollution levels. You solved a mystery that I had wondered about for at least a year."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:30
And finally, Sue in Maryland says our recent story on gephyrophobia or fear of bridges really struck a chord with her. "I was fine with bridges," she writes. "I loved them until four years ago when I was starting across the Bay bridge and was funneled to the left side facing two lanes that were coming towards me as I went across. I just panicked. I still don't know how I got across without driving into the water, but I have never been able to drive across since."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:55:56
"For a couple of years, I couldn't go over any big bridge, but slowly I am getting better. I've written poems about it, have visualized myself safely going across the Bay bridge, have sung at the top of my lungs as I go across smaller bridges. I've taken beta blockers, but I still draw a line at the big BB."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:56:14
Well, Sue, as you know from our story, you're certainly not alone. We have more information on local companies that provide bridge drive-overs and the therapist we interviewed who specializes in travel anxiety on our website, metroconnection.org.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:56:32
We're always eager to read your messages so if you have a question or a constructive comment you'd like to share with us, we are all ears. You can send an e-mail by visiting our website, metroconnection.org and clicking the contact tab at the top of the page or follow the Facebook link on the right-hand side the of page and join our community there.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:57:13
And that's "Metro Connection" for this week. We heard from WAMU's David Schultz, Sabri Ben-Achour, Kavitha Cardoza and Courtney Collins along with reporter Jonna McKone. Jim Asendio is our news director. Our managing producer is Tara Boyle. Jonna McKone and Lauren Landau produce "Door To Door."

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:57:30
Thanks to Tobey Schreiner, Jonathon Charry, Andrew Chadwick, Margo Kelly, Timmy Olmstead and Kelin Quigley for their production help and to the WAMU digital media team for keeping our website up-to-date.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:57:41
Our theme song, ''Every Little Bit Hurts'' and our ''Door To Door'' theme "No Girl" are from the album title tracks by John Davis and used with permission of the Ernest Jennings Record Company. Visit our website, metroconnection.org, for a list of all the music we use.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:57:54
And while you're there, you can join our Facebook community, you sign up for our Twitter feed. You can subscribe to the free "Metro Connection" podcasts and you can send us an e-mail by clicking the contact link at the top of the page. We hope you can join us next Friday afternoon at 1:00 and Saturday morning at 7:00 when we're going to get into the Independence Day spirit by catching up with some rebels and rabble-rousers.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:58:15
We'll meet people in the D.C. region who aren't afraid to raise a little hell, make a little stink and pretty much throw their weight around. From the powerful and radical man who ran the U.S. Congress during the Civil War to the activist fighting the arrival of a new Wal-Mart. Plus, a theatrical sneak peak at the no-holds barred Capital Fringe Festival.

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

13:58:35
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection." A production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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